Tutorial: Lace Lampshade

by: inkodye

This project is shockingly simple, yet produces really beautiful and unique results. We were able to transfer the pattern of lace onto our lampshade by using the photographic property of Inkodye. It’s like magic! The lamp we used was found at Ikea for $15, but any cotton or linen lampshade will work perfectly.


Total tutorial time: 20 minutes

Used in this project: Inkodye Red Orange


Materials. All we used for this project was a cheap lampshade, some lace, a sponge brush, a few push pins, and of course Inkodye!


Prep. To extend and lighten the dye add water. This step is optional, but it allows your bottle of Inkodye to last even longer!


Mix. Stir the dye and water mixture to ensure even coloring.


Paint. Coat the lampshade with the Inkodye mixture, making sure to cover the canvas completely.


Pin. Next, use simple push pins to secure the lace. We pinned along the seem of the lampshade in order to keep the front flawless.


Snip. Cut off the extra fabric so that the print is undisturbed. Then, align and pin the bottom.


Develop. Watch the colors deepen and develop in the sun! We left the lamp out for about 5 minutes, rotated it, and left it out for 5 more.


Unravel. Remove the lace from the lampshade to expose the beautiful printed pattern. This is our favorite part!


Scrub. Wash with laundry detergent and water to remove excess Inkodye. Don’t be afraid to scrub hard; Inkodye is very permanent! Let dry.


Illuminate. Now you can display your newest piece of art anywhere around the house. Voilà!



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8 comments on “Tutorial: Lace Lampshade
  1. Impish DIY says:

    How beautiful! That looks like something you’d pay a fortune for at those fancy home stores. Awesome!

  2. danica says:

    I want inkodye SO bad but the shipping to canada is completely REDONK! I’ve been adding your posts to pinterest!! Thanks for the inspirations!

  3. Greta says:

    I love this! I need some Ink-o-dye in my life! Thanks!!

  4. kim begin says:

    the lace lampshade cover is beautiful i hope i can get my hands on INKODYE soon. thanks nutty64

  5. So beautiful lambshade! i love it, thanks for sharing.

  6. Lisa says:

    How does Inkodye set? Does the light from the bulb or ambient sunlight in your home activate it, or do you seal it somehow? Am I overthinking it?
    I think this is really beautiful and crafty. Two awesome things at once.

    • Lex says:

      The instructions say that any light will “expose” the dye and make it darker/brighter. Direct sunlight seems to be the favorite method, as it’s probably the fastest.
      The dye is permanent as soon as it’s applied, so there isn’t really any “setting”. It is recommended that you thoroughly wash excess dye off your project when you’re reached the desired results, as any dye that remains will continue to get darker as it’s exposed to light.

  7. Lori says:

    Holy Dude, I love this.

    I’m going to have to buy some inkodye. I have seriously got a ton of projects I can dress up with this. Including some wood furniture that just needs something done to it.

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